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To Applebloom, From Santa Hooves page 5 by WizardWannabe To Applebloom, From Santa Hooves page 5 by WizardWannabe
This is my comic entry for the Equestria Daily December Draw-off Contest. I really don't expect to win,
but my tablet is starting to get a bit weird on me. I think it's getting old. So I'm hoping for the best but expect the worst.
I know there is a lot of competition from some amazing artists.

Yes, I realise the irony of making a comic that attempts (unsuccessfully) to look like a children's picture book and reveals there is no Santa.
Is that irony? I can never remember if I'm using that correctly. Regardless, it's dumb, and I only noticed it about three quarters through, past the point of no return.

I actually had a better idea for a Hearth's Warming comic, but I realised, after writing it, two things. 1. It was way too long for me to complete in the time I had. I barely managed to get this done, and there's a bunch of panels I wish I could add to elaborate some unclear things.
2. It featured a catalystic OC, which, I remembered after writing it, was against the rules. Well, it says No OC's, at any rate.
Shame, because I thought my first idea was much better, it involved Diamond Dogs (of which the OC was one, a pup).

So I came up with this when a family friend was talking about her two sons, the eldest of which had stopped believing in Santa, and the youngest still did. The eldest still played along with it though, for his brother's sake. So I decided I would make a story about Applebloom finding out about it, but I still wanted a happy ending. So, instead of being angry, or hurt, she realises why Applejack (and Big Mac but I didn't have time
to add him or Granny) had been so busy lately, and where her presents really came from.
It was also slightly derived from the lengths parents/guardians will go to for their kids. My own parents never had a lot of money, but went out of their way to spoil me and my three siblings on christmas. I look back and realise I had no clue.

Well, that was the idea. I'm not sure how well it comes across. There were extra panels I wanted, like two dream panels in which Applebloom comes to her revelation and Applejack dreams that everyone is mad at her for ruining Hearth's Warming. A panel showing Applebloom wanting a nice new beautiful scarf she saw in a shop window. And an Epilogue panel in which Applejack asks why Applebloom had opened a present before everyone else was there (Granny's in the kitchen, she's been up for hours, she let Applebloom open one gift and Applebloom wanted to open this one, the
last one Applejack placed there). But, I've run out of time. Deadline's tonight.

Why do this with Applejack? Because she is best pony. Also, the whole parents thing is interesting. Lauren's FAQ was delicious to read on this.

I think it is extremely evident that I still need to learn a lot about colour, lighting, clarity and composition. Constructive crits are very appreciated.
Some of these panels fought me every step of the way. Or rather, my ignorance did. Especially in the last few. Warm coloured ponies against similar, warm coloured backgrounds was a nightmare that I, evidently, did not know how to handle. Despite this, I still feel like a learned a lot about colour doing these.

To see this sort of artstyle done a billion times better, see ~Pocket-Owl and her art here [link]

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EDIT: I woke up this morning with over a thousand feedback messages. You guys. You guys. Thank you so much!
I'll try to respond as much as I can.
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Scootloo99 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Ancalagon67 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Found this in time for Christmas. Wonderful artwork and a very touching message. Thank You.
Frostfauna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
D'awww... So adorable!!! Nice little bit of comic-ness you've made.
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
dipsydew Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
<3 just found this
buzzybeetle95 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
This comic was so cute! :)
Sessomesmaru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Teonanakatle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
so cute)
raggyrabbit94 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww, so sweet. lovely illustrations, touching story, brilliant work :clap:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thank you!
platygal48 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Artist
EeveelutionLova Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This comic was amazing. :)
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
myLOONEYpony Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What a beautiful story, with beautiful and expressive illustrations to boot. Makes me wish Hasbro would support children's books to get new classics back on the bookshelves. Hits me right in the childhood spot. ^_^
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I'm glad you liked it!
And I too wish there were MLP children's books like the old Little Golden Books.
myLOONEYpony Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I saw a Powerpuff Girls storybook, with a stylized approach that looks just like your works. I believe it was published by Golden Books.

I remember it had a pastel look about it. I love how the illustrator utilized the colors to reflect the character's emotions. One image I recall was how Bubbles used her "animal sense" that affected her internally. Her and the surrounding background had a mixture of blue hues, with a big tear coming down her eye. It was a beautiful image. Man I wish I bought that book! >_<
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
[link] Is this it? There's no images of the art work within but it seems to be what you describe. In which case, I need it! Thanks for the heads up!
myLOONEYpony Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's it!! That's the book! :w00t:

Where the Mayor made the girls run ragged around Townsville trying to find the big terrible "trouble". Trouble was, in the end, he couldn't open his jar of pickles. XD

It's a cute story, but I can imagine it'd be quite a challenge to find. Though there is the internet. Hope you find it, it is worth it. :)
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
It looks good, I'm going to buy it when I get some spare cash. Thanks for the heads up!
myLOONEYpony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not a problem. Keep up that awesome work! =D
Isabelle-fox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I'd say that 'manly tears of joy were wept' but that would be a lie for two reasons.

1. I'm a girl, I'd prefer not to be considered Manly...

2. this didn't make me cry, rather, it made me smile. I would be more expressive, but its late at night[technically early morning] and I'm dreading the start of school [I'm going from Alaska to Oregon for high school...*shudder*] so currently, I'm not all that expressive....I still loved the comic though! :D
SgtNolisten Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
21 and I still believe in Santa...

>.> <.< >.>

*Whispering* We have this thing in our house that if you stop believing in Santa, you'll never get anything but underpants for the rest of your life.

Livba Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
LifeStruck2012 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ADORABLE! :iconbigheartplz:
Ibeatganon4fun Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
This left a big, BIG, smile on my face. Thank you. Sincerely. :iconhappyhappyplz:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Heh, no problem, glad to be of service.
mayday556 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
this was so cute
El-Jorro Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Don't you see? Applejack IS Santa!
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
That would make the BEST alternate ending!
Lady-Greenfyre Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This comic is just adorable! <:')
Wildphoenix Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
page 6: AB finds a big, shiny bike or something

AB: "Applajack.. you didnt have to get me this... "

AJ: "Ah... ah didnt."

then they find a small card with a cloven (deer) hoofprint
FictionPony Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hey man I just read this and... Well I've got all these feels and I can't hold them.

These feels man, why can't I hold all of them?! ;__;

(Seriously, cute and lovely. Proper Christmas stuff that!)
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Oh no, all these feels are spilling on the ground.
It's going to cause a right mess it will.

I'm happy you like it dude.
When I was making this, I worried that people wouldn't feel anything, or that it was too sappy or something. But being proven wrong has never felt so good, so thanks!
FictionPony Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am king of the sap, I love it. Heck I've written a Fic that would make Disney vomit. XD

No problem man, really cute and many feels we're had! :D
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012

Also, hello fellow UK brony!
FictionPony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*tea-sipping brohoof*

Afternoon chap!
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Haha, I know it's stereotypical of the English to drink tea, but I really am drinking it right now.

Bit dreary for a jubilee, though I barely noticed it.
FictionPony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm actually in Spain visiting my parents at the moment (bloomin expats!) so missing out on all the jubilee shenanigans.

I am drinking a beer and writing in the sunshine though, which is lovely. XD
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I envy you, it's been rainy and miserable all weekend.
Although I've just been drawing anyway.
Enjoy the beer and sunshine!
valleyviolet Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist
I love the first two panels. Poor AJ looks so sleepy and miserable! :D
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thanks, yeah, those two are my favourite too!
Matthais123 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
That last frame%u2026
Of all the adorable things, this is THE! ADORABLEST! POSSIBLE! THING!
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
AskMintyandFluffy Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Kh0nAn Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this, it just looks like a real book for children. Great job and very nice drawings.
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Greenrob Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
touch my very soul well done my friend
simondrawsstuff Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012   Digital Artist
This was really adorable. The fact that Applejack's the best pony doesn't help either. :3

Also man, you're way harsh on yourself (though, looking through your gallery and seeing the improvement from your oldest work to your most recent one, it's probably a good thing). Given the (I'm assuming) pretty tight time constraints on this, I think you're on a really good path here. Though you didn't manage to fit in all the details to the story you mentioned in your description, the heart of the story is still clear and illustrated and written out in a nice, relatable way. In fact, I'm not sure if the additional ideas would've been necessary in the first place - sometimes less is more.

Really though, great work. The wonderfully inviting and warm illustration style, as well as what you did with the lighting/colours in terms of atmosphere and contrast (especially in the scene with Applebloom discovering AJ) is very neat. :thumbsup:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thanks, and truth.

I can be harsh on myself, but sometimes it's all that keeps me going. I need it.

I don't know if the extra scenes would be necessary, I just thought it was a bit odd how Granny and Mac weren't in it, but ultimately it seemed pretty successful without them. People enjoyed this comic, and that made it worth it.

Thank you very much!
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